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Mrs Crow flies high with book nomination

By David G Scott

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A Wick-based author talked of her delight at learning that her latest work has been shortlisted for a global book award.

Following its success in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards, Child of the Earth by Susan Crow has now been shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Susan Crow with Child of the Earth and the Wishing Shelf Book Awards finalist medal.
Susan Crow with Child of the Earth and the Wishing Shelf Book Awards finalist medal.

Child of the Earth was launched in April 2020, just after the beginning of the first lockdown. Although this meant that Susan had to adapt her plans for the book’s launch, the timing of the book’s publication generated extra poignancy as Susan draws on her own history to explore how individuals can find "hope and inspiration" from the natural world. Susan continues to share her monthly musings on this in her blog, What’s It Like Up There?

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards is an annual prize based in England and open to writers from around the world. Finalists are decided by a number of reading groups from the UK and Europe.

Susan said: “I was delighted to discover that I am one of the finalists in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Their standards are high and they promote literature in the best sense.

“I've always valued the natural world and carefully treasured it. Now, though, I can see that, the world over, we need the support of science to mend the damage that has been done in the name of progress.

“I hope that my book will help to kindle and fan an appreciation of the 'sweet lore of nature' and that science and the pursuit of knowledge will go hand in hand with a worldwide desire to put things right.”

Child of the Earth cover.
Child of the Earth cover.

Child of the Earth has been described as "a source of inspiration and delight" and "a literary garland of hope".

The nest egg of memories and anecdotes are teased from a life uplifted by an appreciation of the natural world.

Memories of childhood in rural England, raising a family in Orkney and Lincolnshire, and retirement in northern Scotland are threaded together into a broad tapestry of the natural year. These experiences meet with a view of Earth's uncertain future to illustrate the necessity for respect of all lifeforms and shares a passion for the wellbeing of this planet with all generations.

Child of the Earth can be bought directly from the publishers Crowvus at www.crowvus.com/product-page/child-of-the-earth-paperback or on Amazon at www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1913182096

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